LBU hits halfway on a winning high

By Brayden May

IN FOOTBALL defenders can often make the best forwards.

Throughout the different levels of the game, you will find defenders who will hit the scoreboard heavily one week before struggling to make an impact for the remainder of the season.

Lockington Bamawm United’s Rhys Woodland took his opportunity in his side’s 94-point drubbing of Elmore, booting eight goals after being switched from centre-half back.

‘‘Rhys is a super talent at both ends of the ground,’’ coach Kahl Oliver said.

‘‘Having the ability to throw him forward could be crucial in the later part of the season.

‘‘We’ve already shown our forward line has an abundance of players who can kick goals and it continues to grow.

‘‘It certainly makes us much more difficult to defend.’’

Woodland wasn’t the only player to catch Oliver’s eye as Jacob Gardiner continued to mount a case for more midfield minutes.

After starting the year as a permanent half-forward, Gardiner has shifted into the midfield in recent weeks once again showcasing his class in front of goal with three majors.

‘‘Jacob is continuing to grow every week which is really pleasing,’’ Oliver said.

‘‘The best football teams have flexibility across the ground and I believe we are creating more options as the weeks go on.

‘‘Having a large group of guys who can go through the middle of the ground makes us less predictable.’’

Getting back on the winners list was a must for the Cats after back-to-back losses, and from the first bounce Oliver knew his side were in for a good day.

‘‘Our intensity at the contest was back to its best,’’ he said.

‘‘The boys could have thought it was going to happen against a weaker side but they did the basics well.

‘‘We played the game on our terms throughout the afternoon.’’

LBU will now enjoy a week off due to a bye, which has come at the perfect time according to Oliver.

‘‘Everyone can go away and get their bodies right for the second half of the season,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re hoping to get some more guys back from injury before playing Heathcote.’’